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The Academy Awards are tonight and I'm completely excited. Out of all the awards' ceremonies that air one after the other, I only focus on the Emmys and the Oscars. I feel that these awards define the best-of-the-best and all the ceremonies before were just the considerations towards the end shows. I can't wait to see who wins tonight in all the categories but I usually only focus on the main five: best leading actor, best supporting actor, best leading actress, best supporting actress and best picture. Sometimes I also care about best animated film and best original song. They're have been controversies in the past about whether or not a specific individual should have won the award but we're not in the Academy so we can't really make a difference. Going a long the lines of my opinion, here is who I think should win the awards for the main five categories listed above:

NOTE: I will only upload the picture of who I WANT to win. I will include who I think the Academy will award the Oscar to in the paragraph as well.



BEST LEADING ACTOR
Who I WANT to win: Colin Firth (The King's Speech) or James Franco (127 Hours)
Who I THINK will win: Colin Firth (The King's Speech)

The reason that I think that Colin Firth will win tonight is that in the last couple of weeks, there has been HUGE buzz about his performance. Even the commercials for this movie have been expressing his performance and this is the type of film that just draws Oscar buzz. The newspapers are declaring him a winner, people I work with loved this movie, and I feel that he'll be picking up the statue tonight. I'd love it if he won because what I've seen of him in this film has been amazing though I'd be happy if James Franco won also since 127 Hours just touched my heart for the main character who suffered so much.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Who I WANT to win: Mark Ruffalo (The Kid's Are Alright)
Who I THINK will win: Jeremy Renner (The Town) or Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech)

My feeling is that this year for the Best Supporting Actor, the award will go to a previous nominated actor. I loved the concept of 'The Kid's Are Alright' and thought that it was a great movie but I'm not sure if he will be given the Oscar due to the fact that even though the movie is being presented as an underground hit, just like that of Juno and Precious, this film may not get the recognition it deserved. The Town and The King's Speech both are the buzz for winners at this year's Academy Awards so I wouldn't be surprised if either Jeremy Renner or Geoffrey Rush walked away with the idol tonight.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS
Who I WANT to win: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Who I THINK will win: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

This is the award that I would be incredibly disappointed if Natalie Portman doesn't walk away with. I was hesitant to watch the film, not expecting what I would see, but it proved me wrong and became one of the surprise hits. Portman's performance was amazing and I loved watching her character go from a self-controlled good girl to a destructive bad girl that ultimately destroyed her mind and body. I have the feeling that Hollywood also loved her performance and that she will be getting the award tonight. The other nominees also did a good job on their films but Portman is the only one who really sustained the Oscar buzz.





BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Who I WANT to win: Amy Adams (The Fighter)
Who I THINK will win: Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech)

This is for the same reason as before. The King's Speech has attracted a lot of Oscar buzz this year and Carter has the acting chops to win the award this year. I feel that people might not vote most of the people I have listed above due to the fact that the same people may look down upon the same winners from the movie. I think she might get the award but I am really hoping that Amy Adams takes it because I've continually been impressed by her body of work and hope that she claims the Oscar this time around.


BEST PICTURE
Who I WANT to win: Black Swan
Who I THINK will win: The King's Speech

My choice is going to be completely different from who I think will get the award tonight. You've all pretty much figured out how I think the Academy will go tonight so I won't delve into that chestnut anymore. The reason that I want Black Swan to win tonight because I feel like this movie broke all expectations from everyone who watched it. It was a new type of movie that people experienced and left everyone in awe struck of how great it was. I'm happy that it's been recognized and nominated for the award but I don't think it will win tonight because sometimes originality isn't truly awarded compared to a biopic.




Agree or Disagree with my choices? Well then find out tonight and see who will be the lucky winners at the 83rd Academy Awards. Maybe I'll be psychic and get them all right? Crossing my fingers that happens but let's wish our favourites the best of luck!


This video is everywhere now on YouTube but I thought, why not post it up here on my site. Gotta respect the little girl for knowing what she wants at 5 years old. Most people don't figure that out till AFTER they graduate from high school....if they're lucky!
I hope everyone had an amazing week because now its time to choose the next three music vids to be featured on Tuesday Tunes. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this blog post, I choose three videos from television, film, parody or any genre that focuses with an underlining theme of music. Well I've heard all your requests from all my social media accounts and I've decided what songs I want to show next.


The three videos that I have chosen to showcase for the week are:


1. "Baby" by Justin Bieber (performance by Chord Overstreet)

2. "Like A G6" by Far East Movement

3. "I Put A Spell On You" by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy (performance on Hocus Pocus)








Television shows are always trying to be fresh and edgy; coming up with the next latest and greatest scandal to hit the small screen and cause buzz. Others just reuse and rework ideas that have been taken from other shows whether they're from the same network, same country, same genre, or even the same show! Being innovative is so rare, the watchword for 2011 (and let's be real, TV in general) is imitation. It's the greatest form of flattery and a self-produced formula for success....well, most of the time.


The new US adaptation of the British hit Skins is a great example of this. Most people have heard of the original, one way or another, but who isn't really familiar with the show well enough to watch the new adaptation on MTV. Creators thought that bringing a show about teen sex and drug use to the United States would be pushing the envelope and create the buzz they need to have a smash hit on their hands. For all the promotion of being an edgy and controversial show, not that many people watched it; reports have shown that the latest episode has scored below less than a million in viewers. Nobody I know watches the show or even knows about it, those that do know it is for completely different reasons.


The last time that I saw blatant ads for an "edgy, sexy and inappropriate" show was for the second season of Gossip Girl. Granted, I did watch the show and all the episodes in the season...but to be fair, I would have watched the show regardless because I really loved the series. I think that in this stage of the game for viewers, we've all become desensitized towards the shocking and inappropriate drama on television. We've gone through the sexy drama that is primetime soaps/dramas, drug use from movies and crazy antics from Jackass to name a few. The majority of "hooks" now are been-there-and-done-that and what really interests us are developed characters, well written story lines, good quality shows....oh, and a sweeps worthy twist that changes the game for our favourite characters. The teasers are a great lead-in for the premiere episode but there needs to be more substance to get you through a 13 to 22 episode season run and story arc.


Skins could have had the making to be a good show but there were a lot of things working against it. For one, all their advertisers backed out for it being an inappropriate show. The series didn't really get any traction or promotion except for some billboards here and there. I'm in Canada and the show doesn't even air here on MTV - Skins is an MTV show! I've seen the episodes recently and I didn't really see anything that set it apart. Showing a bunch of shirtless teens who look like they should be back in early 90's ads for heroin-chic pictorials doesn't mean you have everything for a hit show. It means you have the attention, positive and negative, that you can use for your advantage but it doesn't seem like the show is going to last long. Sometimes the original version is best and you can't really change perfection. If the show does get a second season then some reworking is in order but if its the end...its over. If people do remember the show then it may be a footnote in television marketing and the ups and downs of what you can do with a well established brand on television.
When it comes to trailers whether it's video games, movies, or television shows, I'm never really shocked or surprised at what I see. There have only been a few times I have had WTF moments from what I'd just seen. Times like those were the promos for Harper's Island and the trailer for Gears of War. I've just watched this new trailer and I was completely shocked at what I saw because it seemed like a short movie and I couldn't believe how the editors positioned the storyline for this trailer. The trailer is for the zombie-horror video game: Dead Island.


I've decided to link the video here so that you can all see what I was talking about. The video game looks good but brace yourself because you'll either tear up or be like WTF when you watch the trailer. There's some guy on YouTube who couldn't even make it past like 20 seconds because it reminded him of his daughter or something; that's a funny video to see him freak out and almost cry (though, it was a touching moment). You guys can check that VIDEO out on YouTube.


WARNING: This trailer does include violent and gory material that is not suitable for those under the age of, let's say 16 (the rating for the game is at 18 but you can brace yourselves; get real people, it's just a video game). Viewer discretion is strongly advised!



Everybody loves music; whether it's fast or slow, upbeat or emo, and everything in between. I've decided to start a new feature post on this blog called "Tuesday Tunes." On Tuesdays, I will choose three videos from YouTube whether they're parodies, artist's videos, movie/music/TV performances, or anything else with an undertone of music (even if it's just in the background) that catches my interest. I will then post those three videos here for you all to see. If you have your own suggestions for what types of videos you'd like to see for the following week, post your comments below and see if your video makes the Top 3. 


The three videos I've chosen to highlight for the first week are:

  1. "Black Sheep" by Metric (performance at Comic-Con)
  2. "Heads Will Roll" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  3. "Bass Down Low" by Dev








Let's be real with ourselves for a couple of minutes. Valentine's Day isn't the greatest day that all the hype has made it out to be; if you're not in a relationship then it really means nothing to you except the excessive PDA. No, I am not one of those bitter people who dislikes the day because I'm not with someone, it's just not one of my favourite holidays. I accept all the flack I get from friends, especially when I mention the other holidays that I'm not fond of.


Wait...hold it, I have to go back to the PDA (Public Displays of Affection) because you know we need to talk about that. This is not just a Valentine's thing but an overt thing I've seen in this city. I'm a romantic person who is very happy when I see couples and people express their love to each other, but people, that doesn't mean you have to brutally attack that person with your tongue...in front of me. I've seen it all the time, one instance I was coming home from a night out with friends and I took the TTC home this time (it was near one in the morning late so I have to rethink that next time) and this couple on the bus were practically devouring each other. It was like he trying to swallow her face on the bus; I couldn't stop laughing and went back to my music. People don't really like to see it but you know what, we stay out of each others business and if you want to make out then go right ahead. All power to you people for your PDA and if you got it then flaunt it but please promise me that you will come up for air between make out sessions.


Back to the day in question for all you lonely hearts out there, don't get stressed that you don't have someone. Why must one day confine you; couples break up all the time because they never have the passion that they once had and people contribute just waiting for Valentine's Day to make up all their lost time. Pick a day to just spontaneously surprise your lover with a night out, a special home-cooked dinner, or even spending quality time together. A day doesn't have to define your relationship; however, if you miss your one-month, three-month, six-month, and one-year anniversary then there are chances that you may not survive the relationship. For single people right now, do something for yourself on V day and have fun. Don't lay around feeling crabby or shabby because, chances are, you're not the only single person in the city. Anything can happen and being in the dumps will really make you feel like shit. Go out there and you may just find that special someone; for next Valentine's Day or not.

I may be busy most of these recent days but I want all of you around the world to know that I'm still here and ready to make posts. Thank you all for reading my posts and enjoying my articles. Can't wait to write more posts for all of you.
I'm a huge television buff. I've got my growing list of favourite shows, whether they're comedies, dramas, or even reality shows that I can't stop watching. However, sometimes when I really start to get into a new show, the network decides to pull the plug.

The following shows are a few programs that I've enjoyed in the past that were either cancelled before their storylines were resolved, weren't renewed for another season, or finished their plot without any notion whether a new series would be coming up with a similar premise.


1. Tru Calling
Aired: 2003 - 2005

I don't think many people really saw the potential. While it only aired for two seasons (cancelled 6th episode into the 2nd season), I felt that Eliza Dushku really showed off her acting skills. The plot was easy to handle: Tru Davies (Dushku) had to relive the same day over when a dead body would ask her for help to try and save their life. It was a perfect mix of real life issues with a supernatural feel. Too bad people got to miss out on the further storylines of where the show could have taken her character.




2. Point Pleasant
Aired: 2005

Another FOX network casualty, Point Pleasant had the potential to bring supernatural drama to its peak. Though of all the episodes had already been filmed for the first season and were aired in parts around the world, the network choose to stop airing the show after episode 8; nevertheless, the show was cancelled. The plot: Christina, a seemingly innocent girl, turns out to be the daughter of Satan and is destined to cause destruction and the end of the world.







3. Murder In Small Town X
Aired: 2001

At the beginning of the reality show phenomena, Murder in Small Town X was brought on as a summer experiment to see where the genre could go. Plot: 10 contestants are brought to a fictional town to help solve the murder of a local family before the serial killer starts to pick off the rest of the townsfolk one-by-one. Ratings were low but they weren't terrible. FOX could have reworked the show for a second season and changed the format a bit. Luckily all the episodes were aired but I felt that early on, it wasn't really given a chance to grow.



4. Reunion
Aired: 2005

The plot: each episode followed a new year between six friends that lead to their graduation night where one of them is murdered. The mystery was intriguing because you didn't find out who died until a couple of episodes in. The network cancelled the show after the initial 13 episodes and didn't make more so the mystery was never really solved. Bit of a let down, don't you think?



5. Popular
Aired: 1999 - 2001

This show had premiered at a time when I wasn't more inclined to follow shows. I didn't have the WB on my television, so unfortunately, I missed the original air-date. The plot: two alpha girls from two separate social sectors (the popular and indie cliques) are forced to live together and become sisters when their parents meet on a singles' cruise and get married. The jokes were hilarious, the cast was amazing and I felt that the network made a huge mistake by cancelling the show at the end of the second season.




6. Dollhouse
Aired: 2009 - 2010

Another Eliza Dushku show cancelled before its full potential. What makes this show different is that Dushku was able to get Joss Whedon on board. Unfortunately, the time slot was less than stellar and people didn't grasp the plot. Whatever the circumstances were, fans alike loved this show and fought tooth-and-nail for a second season. Too bad the second season was the last. 


7. DRIVE
Aired: 2007

DRIVE could have done well with all things considered. Only six episodes were created and the network showed four before prematurely cancelling the show. They said that it didn't deliver the ratings they were looking for, but they should have given more time and built a following before cancelling the show. The plot: people are competing in a secret cross-country race for a large sum prize while the main character is playing the race to find his missing wife



8. Harper's Island
Aired: 2009

I was immediately drawn into the show when I saw a strange promo airing on Global. The plot: a wedding on a remote island off Seattle is interrupted when a serial starts to pick off the guests and island residents. Luckily, all 13 episodes were created and aired on TV so we got to experience the entire storyline and anticipation for who would be killed off next. The reason it's on the list is because of the uncertainty of another series with the same concept. I don't mean the wedding on the island, but the scenario where one of 25 main cast in the series would be the killer and someone from the list (or more) would be killed off each episode. Hopefully CBS agrees to do another series but right now I'm just crossing my fingers.



9. Kyle XY
Aired: 2006 - 2009

Just like Popular, I never got to see this show during its original air-date. I just finished watching through the three seasons and I can't believe that the network choose to end it. The plot: a mysteriously boy without a bellybutton is found walking the streets by as the story develops it turns out he is an incredible experiment that can do amazing abilities. Even though some of the concepts were science-fiction, the show was grounded in real issues with the main character Kyle  adjusting to his new life.



10. Melrose Place
Aired: 2009 - 2010

This is the most recent cancellation. I am always into The CW shows and instantly liked 90210 and Gossip Girl. I absolutely loved it enough that I watched the previous series from the 90s. The storylines  weren't all that great and when the murder was solved, nothing really propelled people to continue watching. The other problem: Ashlee Simpson. I had hope she could pull it off but nothing I could say could reiterate the disaster I saw on screen. I wish it was still on the air because I really loved it for its characters and the soap opera/drama genre but I agree that there would need to be some improvements.